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November 2018

Z-CoiL Relieves Foot, Leg, and Back Pain Immediately

Z-CoiL shoes feature an innovative spring in the heel. Like shock-absorbers for the body, Z-CoiL’s reduce impact by 50%, enabling the wearer to walk, run, and stand for hours in comfort. Now those suffering from foot, leg, and back pain can reduce pain and injury without pills, shots, or surgery. It sounds too good to be true – but it’s not! Continue reading

November 2018

Tread Labs Insoles Improve Patient Outcomes and Your Bottom Line

Some of your patients need custom orthotics. Others will achieve equal outcomes, at lower cost, with pre-fabricated insoles. Tread Labs offers semi-custom insoles that provide excellent relief from plantar fasciitis and other foot ailments. They are the perfect solution for customers who do not need, or cannot afford, custom devices. Continue reading

November 2018

Orthofeet Tie-Less Lacing System

Orthofeet therapeutic shoes offer unique functional features: Tie-Less Lacing System offers an easy way of fastening the shoe without the need for lacing up – and ideal solution for patients who have difficulty tying laces. Two-Way Fasting uses straps on both the medial and lateral sides of the shoe. Heel-Strap enables adjusting the grip around the heel, eliminating slippage, and accommodating braces and wide feet… Continue reading

November 2018

The Neuropathic Walker is your solution

The Neuropathic Walker is a more advanced and comfortable solution to the CROW Walker. The Neuropathic Walker is integrated with custom molded 3/16” solid polypropylene and 1/4” Aliplast lining with the same trim lines as a CROW Walker. We use high-quality leather that is molded over the solid polypropylene. Continue reading

November 2018

Control Pronation with New Fast Fit Bug Prefabricated Shoe Inserts

Cascade Dafo, creator of the original DAFO (Dynamic Ankle Foot Orthosis), has added the Fast Fit Bug to its line of prefabricated shoe inserts. This low-profile foot orthosis is designed to control mild to moderate pronation with an optimal amount of support and comfort, yet minimal volume in the shoe. Continue reading

September 2018

Bonapeda FORS-15 Off-Loading Insole

The new FORS-15 Off-Loading Insole from Bonapeda Enterprises is designed to gently and consistently offload targeted plantar surfaces without edge effects. The multilayered Poron insole is durable, elastic, and crush resistant; soft, low-density Poron is closest to the foot and high-density Poron is underneath for support. Continue reading

September 2018

Hip Surgery Preparation Book

OPTP and author Adriaan Louw PT, PhD, CSMT, have released the latest book in their patient education series: Your Nerves Are Having Hip Surgery is a neuroscience education book that helps prepare patients for their hip surgery; explains how nerves react before, during, and after the surgery so they can understand what to expect; and reveals key recovery process strategies. Continue reading

September 2018

Low-Temperature Thermoplastic Made in U.S. 

Since its inception in 1981, JMS Plastics Supply has been committed to partnering with its orthopedic customers for product satisfaction, including plastic materials, covering and cushioning materials, and equipment and supplies. New from JMS Plastics is a low-temperature thermoplastic for splinting, which JMS reports to be the only low-temperature plastic made in the U.S. Continue reading

September 2018

Air Ankle Sleeve

The Air Ankle Sleeve is the newest addition to the foot and ankle support product line offered by Elite Orthopaedics. The Air Ankle Sleeve is designed to be used while ambulating to help support treatment of plantar fasciitis, heel pain, and Achilles tendonitis. The sleeve is constructed of soft, breathable fabric that encloses connected pneumatic cells located under the foot arch and… Continue reading

September 2018

Cascade Dafo JumpStart Softback

Cascade Dafo, a manufacturer of pediatric lower-extremity braces and creator of the original DAFO (Dynamic Ankle Foot Orthosis), has added the JumpStart Softback to its Fast Fit line of prefabricated braces. This AFO is designed to provide lightweight, comfortable control of mild to moderate toe walking and knee hyperextension. Continue reading

September 2018

Graduated Compression and Containment Garment

Sigvaris introduces Secure, an affordable, innovative, ready-to-wear garment featuring graduated compression and containment properties, which is designed to manage advanced venous edema, lymphedema, post-surgical edema, and general edema. This garment maintains and delivers more graduated compression (compression profile) than… Continue reading

September 2018

British Luxury Footwear Available in U.S.

Created by the founder of shoe brand Lisa Kay London, Sole Bliss uses 5 years of research and development to produce stylish footwear designed to accommodate women who have bunions. The British footwear is now available in the U.S. The patent-pending Juanet Technology provides an invisible stretch panel inside each shoe to support the bunion area, while… Continue reading

September 2018

Apex SelectFlex Rx Adjustable Orthotic

Apex Foot Health Industries introduces SelectFlex Rx, described as the first-ever adjustable orthotic. SelectFlex Rx, powered by iFlex technology, was designed by engineers at Apex Foot Health to relieve foot pain while improving performance. Users can easily adjust the orthotics to match activity level throughout the day by simply turning a key. Continue reading

September 2018

The Future Is Knocking: Hanger, AT&T Create Network-Connected Monitoring Device for Transtibial Prostheses

Hanger, Inc. (Austin, TX) and AT&T, through its AT&T Foundry innovation center, have developed a proof of concept for what the companies are calling the industry’s first standalone, network-connected monitoring device for prosthetic limbs. The device mounts onto a transtibial prosthesis and is fit with an LTE-M modem that syncs to the cloud without relying on Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or a separate mobile device. Continue reading

September 2018

In Memoriam: Paul Scherer, DPM

Well-known lecturer, author, and educator, Paul R. Scherer, DPM, passed away October 1, 2018. Scherer contributed to the podiatric profession authoring numerous scientific articles and book chapters, as well as conducting and organizing a variety of scientific workshops at both national and state meetings. Continue reading

September 2018

Right Trousers Could Help Mobility Impaired Stay Upright

Researchers at the University of Bristol, England, are leading the development of smart pants that are equipped with artificial muscles, which could help the elderly and disabled move around easily and unaided. The project, funded by a £2 million grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, incorporates several technologies including smart electronics and graphene. Continue reading

September 2018

Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act Signed into Law

On October 5, President Trump signed into law the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act (H.R 302/S. 808), which will reduce barriers to caring for student and professional athletes across state lines. According to a National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) press release, while this law advances safety practices for all sports medicine professionals, it will greatly… Continue reading

September 2018

CMT Experts Launch Nonprofit to Fund Only Treatments and Cures

Two experts in Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT), who also have the condition, recently launched the CMT Research Foundation (CMTRF) as the only nonprofit organization focused solely on delivering treatments and cures for CMT. Patrick Livney, a former chairman of Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association (CMTA), and Susan Ruediger, a former CMTA development director, have over 20 years of collective experience working with CMT researchers to deliver treatments. Continue reading

September 2018

AAOS Provides Tips to Avoid Injuries in Teen and Young Athletes

With the start of a new school year and participation in after-school sports, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) has shared the following fall sport safety tips designed to reduce young athletes’ risk of injury: Continue reading

September 2018

P.W. Minor Shutters Operations

Orthopedic and diabetic shoe manufacturer P.W. Minor, LLC, Batavia, NY, shuttered its operations as of October 5 and laid off 81 employees. Assets were transferred to the company’s senior creditor, Batavia Shoes, LLC. The news follows a series of attempts in recent years to bolster the company and avoid such an event. P.W. Minor was established in 1867; it was the second oldest shoe manufacturer in the country. Continue reading

September 2018

UMiami Scientists to Develop Bioengineering Approach for Meniscus Tear Repairs

An interdisciplinary team of scientists from the University of Miami’s (UMiami’s) Miller School of Medicine and College of Engineering is poised to begin developing a novel, long-lasting treatment for meniscus tears. Meniscus tears, which are among the most common type of knee injuries, are currently treated via total or partial meniscectomy or suturing. In the long term, these treatments often result in meniscus degeneration, re-tear, and premature osteoarthritis of the knee. Continue reading

September 2018

L1844, L1846 Proposed for RAC Reviews

On August 7, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published two new proposed issues for review by Performant Recovery, the Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) for durable medical equipment prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS); home health; and hospice claims nationwide. Continue reading

September 2018

Diabetes, Its Impact, and Protection of the Diabetic Foot

Offloading is key to preventing small concerns from becoming life-threatening, but adherence remains less than optimal. The not-so-secret truth: diabetes and its precursor, prediabetes, have reached epidemic status in the United States: More than 100 million Americans are living with the disease.

By Janice T. Radak Continue reading

September 2018

Diabetes Self-Care Adherence: Whose Responsibility Is It? What’s a Clinician’s Role?

As an expert, specialist, trained foot and ankle physician, you have worked hard for your place in the medical landscape, your degree and your confidence. You think you do your job well, but what if you are not getting through to your patients to the extent you thought you were? Over the years, I have prided myself on being an educator.

By Richard Schilling, DPM, FACFAS Continue reading

September 2018

People with Diabetes Foot Complications Do Not Recall Their Education: A Cohort Study

Podiatrists play a large role in education for the prevention of foot complications in people with diabetes. Subsequently, podiatrists also regularly teach self-management strategies for people with or without foot complications relating to their diabetes. Current diabetes guidelines recommend education provision; however…

By Julia Yuncken, Cyclie M. Williams, Rene Stolwyk, Terry P. Haines Continue reading